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Bottled Water Found to Have Contaminants

By Sofía Hanna | Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:37

Limited access to drinking water continues to be a worrying concern given the number of communities without access to this vital resource. Furthermore, many Mexicans prefer bottled water but several producers have been found to bottle and sell water for human consumption without any purification. 

 

Mexico needs urgent research on water potability and quality because of the 653 aquifers in the country, 106 are overexploited, reports Agua.org. Aquifers located in areas with high population density, especially those in agricultural and urban areas, are often contaminated by natural minerals, according to the National Water Commission (CONAGUA).

 

The commission also warns that numerous bottled water companies do not comply with local sanitary norms and an excess of coliforms (bacteria present in fecal matter) and nitrates have been found in their bottled water. In Mexico City, “the water from 40 bottled water companies was analyzed and the results showed that 62.5 percent of the samples exceeded the established limits for total coliforms. Likewise, 27.5 percent of the intakes analyzed did not comply with the nitrate limits,” said CONAGUA. The commission also studied samples from 30 bottled water companies from Guadalajara and found them to be “similar to those of the capital: 66.67 percent of the samples contained total coliforms; 6.67 percent exceeded the fluoride limits and 10 percent presented excess nitrates.” 

 

Contaminated water can heavily affect the Mexican population. Every year, 95,000 children die from drinking contaminated water in the country, according to a study made by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), meaning that a child dies every 5.5 minutes.

 

Furthermore, a day is approaching when there will no longer be enough water to meet the needs of the population. Mexico City is expected to reach this point in 2030. Factors that are driving this “Day  Zero” are population increase, the agricultural industry, weather conditions and current lifestyles.

 

The official groups warn that if the water continues to be handled the way it has been, it will generate a significant deterioration of natural resources and create a risk for the population in the shape of diseases. 

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Agua.org, CONAGUA, UNAM
Photo by:   Beth Jnr, Unsplash
Sofía Hanna Sofía Hanna Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst